Winthrop tops UNCG, Elon and ODU tie in first day of Kickoff Classic
GREENSBORO, NC – In the opening day of action at the UNCG Kickoff Classic, Old Dominion and Elon played to a scoreless tie, but UNCG and Winthrop had a wild one with Winthrop coming out on top 3-2 at UNCG Soccer Stadium on Friday night.
The Phoenix (0-1-1) and Monarchs played the first game of the doubleheader and played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer. Both teams had several opportunities in the second half and the two overtime periods. However, Elon's Clint Irwin had nine saves and Brennan Kirkpatrick, who was rescued twice by his defeneders with goal line saves, had five saves for the Monarchs (0-2-1). Old Dominion was shut out for the third straight match, having lost by identical 2-0 scores to SMU and St. John's last weekend.
In the nightcap, Winthrop held off UNCG for its first-ever win over the Spartans in 11 tries. The Eagles (2-1-0) took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute when Michael Luk scored off a feed from Ben Kieffner.
The score was still 1-0 when Luk was issued a red card at 56:50 for something that took place in a pack of players prior to a free kick attempt by the Spartans. Playing a man down, however, Winthrop went up 2-0 at 59:29 when Matthew Skonicki scored off a rebound.
The Spartans got on the board, however, just 59 seconds later when Ryan Davis scored off his own rebound in front of the goal – the third shot by UNCG from point-blank range in the scrum – and that made it a 2-1 game.
UNCG (0-2-0) tied it at 78:33 when Travis Young scored off a give-and-go from Matt Strine. But the Eagles regained the lead just 13 seconds later when Daniel Revivo scored his fifth goal of the season off the kickoff, racing to a loose ball and chipping it just under the cross bar for the eventual game-winner.
Action continues on Sunday when Elon and Winthrop face-off at 12 noon, followed by Old Dominion and UNCG.
OLD DOMINION 0, ELON 0
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Elon................ 0 0 0 0 - 0
Old Dominion........ 0 0 0 0 - 0
SCORING SUMMARY: none. Shots: Elon 12, Old Dominion 11. Saves: Elon 9 (Irwin 9), Old Dominion 7 (Kirkpatrick 5;
TEAM 2). Corner kicks: Elon 14, Old Dominion 3. Fouls: Old Dominion 16, Elon 8.
WINTHROP 3, UNCG 2
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Winthrop............ 1 2 - 3
UNC Greensboro...... 0 2 - 2
SCORING SUMMARY: W - Luk (Kieffner) 33:35; W – Skonicki (Revivo) 59:29; UNCG – Davis (unassisted) 60:28; Young (Strine) 78:33; W – Revivo (Wise) 78:46. Shots: Winthrop 13, UNC Greensboro 9. Saves: Winthrop 3 (Mitrovich 2; Team 1), UNC Greensboro 1 (Berry 1). Corner kicks: Winthrop 6, UNCG 1. Fouls: Winthrop 19, UNCG 11.
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